Whitehorse is a vibrant little city of about 25,000, located in the boreal forest of Northern Canada with the Yukon River flowing right through town. It is also the traditional territory of Kwanlin Dün and Ta'anKwach'an First Nations. It is a city with a rich cultural heritage and amenities normally only found in much larger centers. And, it is also a city with wilderness stretching in every direction.
The meeting venue is the Cultural Centre of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. Yukon First Nations folks will share their cultural insight about their traditional territories and wild pedagogies. This site was chosen because it locates the colloquium at the intersection of cultural issues and wild places. Participants will be immersed in a culturally sensitive location that happens to be beautifully situated on the banks of the Yukon River.
1171-1st Ave I Whitehorse, Yukon
The Yukon River: Minto to Dawson City
The access is by road to the site of an abandoned
community —Minto— on the banks of the Yukon River and is a 4-hour paddle to
historic Ft. Selkirk. Minto is close to a four-hour drive north from
From here the river moves very quickly, though without technical difficulties. We can provide a paddling primer at the start, and our group should do fine by spreading paddling experience amongst those who have canoed less. The Yukon River moves away from the road at Minto.
Notable stopping and camping places include:
This is an old gold rush town. While it has,
over the years, been developed for tourism there is still quite “wild” feel to
There are also lots of interesting characters around and venues for
a final day of activities.
As time here is limited, we propose to book some small log cabins in the center of Dawson to accommodate folks for these final two nights.